Sorry for the late trip report but since getting back on Wednesday things have just been completely crazy. We just needed a weekend to get things back into order!
However, here we go.
Aulani, Ko Olina Oahu, HI
When: 5/14/12 - 5/22/12
Who: Myself and DW (ToriaDavis)
We started our trip off with an early morning 2am red eye flight from Las Vegas. We flew Hawaiian Airlines and the plane was very nice and some what comfortable. After take-off we attempted to get some sleep and some is all we got since we were very excited to get to Hawaii. We landed around 5am in the morning (Hawaiian time) we gathered our things and waited for the rental car shuttle. We got our rental car and headed to get some breakfast.
We immediately headed for Waikiki Beach in Honolulu looking for Mac24/7, a restaurant we had seen on Man v. Food. We thought it would be perfect since it’s open 24 hrs 7 days a week-hence it’s name :laugh:. We used our Garmin app on our phones and made it fairly easily to the hotel it sits within.
When it came to ordering the waiter had recommended that I DO NOT get the MACDADDY pancakes I was SO interested in. He explained that they are very big and even Adam Richman could not finish them, we’re talking 4 lbs of food :eek:, so he recommended a smaller meal with eggs and sausage. I did make sure they were the Elvis pancakes with peanut butter, chocolate and bacon. My DW was not as hungry and just got a big cinnamon bun. The pancakes were incredible and fluffy.
I completely recommend this place for a good filling breakfast and great customer service!
When we were done we decided to walk the couple blocks down to the beach and got some pictures in. We were interested in surfing on Waikiki too so we also found out some prices for lessons. We were super excited to get to see Aulani however, so back in the car we got and plugged our DVC resort into the GPS.
The drive from Waikiki Beach was about 35min or so, and a couple miles out on the freeway you can begin to see the towers. EXCITING!! The little community of Ko Olina is wonderful, it is quite and not a lot of craziness and really nicely maintained.
Finally we drive up to the valet area to check in. Awaiting us was the bellmen, and the quickly grabbed our luggage and pointed us in the direction of another man named RJ.
RJ offered us some tropical infused water greeted us by name and began to walk us to the Waikolohe Valley or the beautiful overview of the resort grounds and ocean. To our surprise he all ready had our room keys and our welcome packet without us ever introducing ourselves to him. One thing Aulani is NOT lacking is customer service.
He began to give us a little tour of the lobby area and the overlook of Waikolohe valley. He then told us that our room was ready if we wanted to look at it and make sure that it was the room view that we wanted. We headed up and quickly found that we did not like the view-it was facing the neighboring hotel and it’s ocean view. We just felt we would like to look over such a great looking resort with it’s own ocean view.
He quickly called down to the front desk and got us set up with another room, but it would not be ready until later. The funny thing was as soon as we got into that room to check it out the bellmen was bringing up our luggage, but we had to tell him to store them since we would be getting another room. When we got back down to the lobby RJ explained to us that there is a lounge downstairs with lockers and showers to use until the room was ready. We headed out to change into swim suits, and headed towards the beach.
On our way we stopped at the outside bar area to get some cocktails, and then we before getting to the beach we found some comfy chairs to just sit and lookout at the lagoon. We got our pictures in and head over to the towel tent. Now in Aulani you have to go to a tent in the middle to show your room key and get a wrist band to get towels and go in the pool areas. Wrist bands and towels in hand we headed down to the beach for a little while. The water was a little cold but felt so nice to just get in the water. After about and hour we decided to just check everything out, so we wandered around checking the valley area, the workout room, and all the eating areas.
By this time we were getting hungry but quickly found out that all the eating areas were very expensive, so I got on my iphone and found a little place not too far away. We changed back and head out for food. About 4 miles out in the neighboring town on Kapolei we went a little place called Zippy’s, it is pretty much Hawaiian’s version of Denny’s. It was good comfort food and it filled out stomachs. On our way there we found a Target and decided to get some supplies i.e. bottled water, breakfast stuff, and light snacks. As we were checking out we got our text that the room was ready so we head back to the hotel.
When we got there we checked with the front desk on our room and they gave us room keys and up to the room we went. The room was fantastic and the view was even better. Wonderful view of the Waikolohe valley and of course the ocean. We began to get unpacked and settled in since at this point we were getting tired from the time change and lack of sleep on that airplane. We checked out the gift shop and found that they have a mug system here as well so we got 2 and filled them up. At $18.99 each we found them to be a bargain as they had 4 stations around the property and included Kona coffee, hot & iced tea, soft drinks, water and hot cocoa. We relaxed for a little bit longer and realized that it was about dinner time but we didn’t want anything too big. We headed back out towards the target and found a Panda Express and just got some food to fill our stomachs.
After eating we went back to Aulani and decided one last thing we must do before the day is over is check out the infinity hot tub. My DW has been dying to see this and get in it for months so of course we had to try it ASAP. So we changed, got some towels and off to the hot tub we went. Now before this trip I bought an underwater video camera so I felt it was a good time to try it out. The water was nice and warm and it had 2 levels to it! AWESOME! We took some pictures and played with the video and we were getting so relaxed we felt that it was time to go to bed since we were heading to Waikiki Beach early in the morning for some surfing lessons. We also didn’t want to drown our first night in paradise by falling asleep in it from sheer exhaustion:laugh::laugh::laugh: